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A man has pleaded guilty in federal court to child pornography charges.

James W. Harris Jr., 57, of Binghamton, pleaded guilty Tuesday at his arraignment in U.S. District Court to one count of receiving child pornography via the Internet, a felony, said Assistant U.S. District Attorney Miroslav Lovric.

Harris faces at least 27 months in federal prison when he is sentenced Jan. 23.

Though prosecutors said Harris was a risk to continue downloading sexually explicit photographs involving children, Judge Thomas McAvoy said Harris could remain free under strict guidelines and conditions until his sentencing.

Police accuse man, 32,
in boyfriend's death

HOPEWELL (AP) -- Police accused a 32-year-old man of beating his boyfriend to death.

Randy Loomis was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree murder in the death of Thomas Schrom, 37, said State Police Maj. Mark Fischer.

Schrom, a cross-dresser better known as Nicole Lee Anderson, was found dead Sept. 7 in a wooded area of this town about 30 miles southeast of Rochester.

Loomis had been released the day before from Groveland Correctional Facility in Sonyea, where he served time for his third conviction on burglary charges, Fischer said.

Police don't know a motive for the slaying. Schrom met Loomis, whom he considered to be his "husband," while both were incarcerated in Groveland.

"He was a prime suspect from the beginning," Fischer said.

An autopsy revealed that Schrom was hit several times in the head with the claw of a hammer, said Ontario County Medical Examiner Richard Garnish.

Schrom, who had been living in Rochester, pleaded guilty in 1994 to sexual abuse charges in his hometown of Troy. Schrom was released from Groveland in May 2000.

Loomis was arrested on a parole violation Sept. 8 at a friend's house in Clyde, about 40 miles east of Rochester, Fischer said.

Picasso drawing stolen
from Manhattan gallery

NEW YORK (AP) -- A signed Picasso drawing was reported stolen from a Manhattan gallery, police said Wednesday.

Police spokeswoman Cheryl Cox said the ink-on-paper drawing was reported missing from the Richard Gray Gallery on Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side.

Andrew Fabricant, the gallery's director, said he was on the telephone at around noon Monday when he heard someone enter the gallery. He said when he turned around about 10 seconds later, he saw a blank space on the wall and noticed that the elevator was in use.

"It happened that fast," he said, adding that he called police immediately.

The 1923 drawing, "Young Nude Man at the Mirror, Playing a Pan Flute, and Child," is worth $320,000, Fabricant said.

He said the drawing would be difficult, if not impossible, to sell because auction houses have been notified of its disappearance and prospective buyers would require extensive documentation of its prior owners.

Fabricant said he thought the thief might have been trying to take advantage of the crisis situation in New York.

"It certainly crossed my mind," he said. "It's been a pretty rough fortnight in New York."

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